Due to limitations regarding on-campus visits, the 2020 Native Education Forum has been canceled. Applicants for 2020 will be invited to participate in alternative activities throughout the year. The Native Education Forum will resume in Summer 2021. If you have any questions, please contact adm_summerprograms@colostate.edu.

The Native Education Forum is a six-day summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/Indigenous communities, and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process.

While on campus, students will have the chance to interact with university faculty, staff, and current students as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect Indigenous communities.

When to apply?

The Native Education Forum application will open in 2021.


The 2020 Native Education Forum has been canceled. Please contact us with any questions.

Who should apply?

Students finishing their sophomore or junior years in high school (class of 2021 or 2022) with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and interest in Native American and Indigenous issues. Strong applicants demonstrate involvement and leadership roles within school, family, or community activities.

  • Explore Native American/Indigenous issues
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Earn one college credit
  • Work with CSU faculty, staff and students
  • Live and work for five days on a university campus
  • Strengthen your college/university application
  • Improve your academic research skills

Earn a scholarship

Students who participate in the Native Education Forum and are admitted as freshmen to Colorado State University with a high school cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, and meet specific course requirements may be eligible to receive the Partnership Award. Funds for this award are disbursed over four years of continuous enrollment at Colorado State University.

There is no cost to attend this program, though students are responsible for their own spending money. If coming from out-of-state, students are responsible for their travel arrangements and costs.

Students will be housed in the Colorado State University Residence Halls.

Questions about the program and the application process can be emailed to Adm_summerprograms@colostate.edu.

Submit Your Application

The 2020 Native Education Forum has been canceled. Please contact us with any questions.